Proverbs 16,17 - Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

Proverbs 16

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1 The plans of the heart belong to man,

But the answer of the tongue is from

the LORD.

2 All the ways of a man are clean in his

own sight,

But the LORD weighs the motives.

3 Commit your works to the LORD

And your plans will be established.

4 The LORD has made everything for

its own purpose,

Even the wicked for the day of evil.

5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an

abomination to the LORD;

Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.

6 By lovingkindness and truth iniquity

is atoned for,

And by the fear of the LORD one keeps

away from evil.

7 When a man's ways are pleasing to

the LORD,

He makes even his enemies to be at peace

with him.

8 Better is a little with righteousness

Than great income with injustice.

9 The mind of man plans his way,

But the LORD directs his steps.

10 A divine decision is in the lips of

the king;

His mouth should not err in judgment.

11 A just balance and scales belong to

the LORD;

All the weights of the bag are His concern.

12 It is an abomination for kings to commit

wicked acts,

For a throne is established on righteousness.

13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings,

And he who speaks right is loved.

14 The fury of a king is like messengers of

death,

But a wise man will appease it.

15 In the light of a king's face is life,

And his favor is like a cloud with the spring

rain.

16 How much better it is to get wisdom

than gold!

And to get understanding is to be chosen

above silver.

17 The highway of the upright is to depart

from evil;

He who watches his way preserves his life.

18 Pride goes before destruction,

And a haughty spirit before stumbling.

19 It is better to be humble in spirit with

the lowly

Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

20 He who gives attention to the word

will find good,

And blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.

21 The wise in heart will be called

understanding,

And sweetness of speech increases

persuasiveness.

22 Understanding is a fountain of life

to one who has it,

But the discipline of fools is folly.

23 The heart of the wise instructs his mouth

And adds persuasiveness to his lips.

24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb,

Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

25 There is a way which seems right to

a man,

But its end is the way of death.

26 A worker's appetite works for him,

For his hunger urges him on.

27 A worthless man digs up evil,

While his words are like scorching fire.

28 A perverse man spreads strife,

And a slanderer separates intimate friends.

29 A man of violence entices his neighbor

And leads him in a way that is not good.

30 He who winks his eyes does so to devise

perverse things;

He who compresses his lips brings evil

to pass.

31 A gray head is a crown of glory;

It is found in the way of righteousness.

32 He who is slow to anger is better than

the mighty,

And he who rules his spirit, than he who

captures a city.

33 The lot is cast into the lap,

But its every decision is from the LORD.


Proverbs 17

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1 Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it

Than a house full of feasting with strife.

2 A servant who acts wisely will rule over a

son who acts shamefully,

And will share in the inheritance among

brothers.

3 The refining pot is for silver and the

furnace for gold,

But the LORD tests hearts.

4 An evildoer listens to wicked lips;

A liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

5 He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker;

He who rejoices at calamity will not go

unpunished.

6 Grandchildren are the crown of old men,

And the glory of sons is their fathers.

7 Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool,

Much less are lying lips to a prince.

8 A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner;

Wherever he turns, he prospers.

9 He who conceals a transgression seeks

love,

But he who repeats a matter separates

intimate friends.

10 A rebuke goes deeper into one who

has understanding

Than a hundred blows into a fool.

11 A rebellious man seeks only evil,

So a cruel messenger will be sent

against him.

12 Let a man meet a bear robbed of

her cubs,

Rather than a fool in his folly.

13 He who returns evil for good,

Evil will not depart from his house.

14 The beginning of strife is like letting

out water,

So abandon the quarrel before it breaks

out.

15 He who justifies the wicked and he who

condemns the righteous,

Both of them alike are an abomination to

the LORD.

16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool

to buy wisdom,

When he has no sense?

17 A friend loves at all times,

And a brother is born for adversity.

18 A man lacking in sense pledges

And becomes guarantor in the presence

of his neighbor.

19 He who loves transgression loves strife;

He who raises his door seeks destruction.

20 He who has a crooked mind finds no

good,

And he who is perverted in his language

falls into evil.

21 He who sires a fool does so to his sorrow,

And the father of a fool has no joy.

22 A joyful heart is good medicine,

But a broken spirit dries up the bones.

23 A wicked man receives a bribe from

the bosom

To pervert the ways of justice.

24 Wisdom is in the presence of the one who

has understanding,

But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of

the earth.

25 A foolish son is a grief to his father

And bitterness to her who bore him.

26 It is also not good to fine the righteous,

Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.

27 He who restrains his words has knowledge,

And he who has a cool spirit is a man of

understanding.

28 Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is

considered wise;

When he closes his lips, he is considered

prudent.

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